Taxing Wars: The American Way of War-Paying and the Decline of Democracy

ISBN : 9780190865306

Sarah Kreps
336 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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In Taxing Wars, Sarah Kreps identifies that the deterioration of decision-making accountability with regard to war in the second half of the twentieth century has allowed leaders to wage increasingly costly and protracted wars. And because the health of a democracy can be measured by how responsive leaders are to an informed and attentive public in times of war, our current practices suggest that we are edging ever closer to how non-democracies conduct war.


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Bearing the Financial Burden of War
Chapter Three
Partisan Politics in the Early Wars: Conflicts of 1798, 1812, and 1898
Chapter Four
The Liberty Bond Approach to War Finance: World Wars I and II
Chapter Five
From Taxation to Borrowing: Declining Fiscal Sacrifice in Korea and Vietnam
Chapter Six
Hide-and-Seek Wars: The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars
Chapter Seven
Cross-National Survey Evidence from the US, UK, and France
Chapter Eight

About the author: 

Sarah E. Kreps is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. She previously held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and the Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia. Between 1999-2003, Kreps served as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience (OUP) and Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP).

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